Interviewing with UVA Family Medicine
Many air travelers use Charlottesville airport (CHO), which is small, easy to navigate and only 15 minutes away by the free shuttle offered by the Hampton Inn and Suites. Occasionally, cheaper flights may be found through Richmond International Airport, however Charlottesville is only accessible from this airport by rental car and not bus or Amtrak. Speaking of Amtrak, Charlottesville has a train station located only 10 minutes by foot from the Hampton Inn and Suites that offers another means of travel. If you need any advice working out travel arrangements, please contact residency coordinator Myrtha Veldhuis and she is more than happy to help.
Hampton Inn and Suites
Address: 900 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: (434) 923-8600
The hotel provides a free shuttle to/from the Charlottesville Airport, complimentary hot breakfast, and close proximity to Charlottesville’s amazing restaurants, coffee shops, wineries, breweries and historic sites. Check in is at 3pm and check out is at 12pm. As interview days will generally end between 1-2pm, the hotel’s front desk can safely hold your luggage until you are finished with your day.
Walking directions from the hotel to the Family Medicine Clinic
When you walk outside of the hotel lobby, look to your right towards Main Street. Take a left on Main St (east), go one block, and take a left on 11th St. You will go over the train tracks and past a garage on your right, then will see UVA Medical Center directly in front of you. Take a right on Lee St and walk towards the circular drive of the main hospital. Walk past this circular drive and take the hospital’s “Primary Care Center” entrance. The Family Medicine Clinic is almost directly inside on the first floor, and all you’ll need to do now is follow the signs!
Dinner with our residents
You and a guest (and any children!) are invited to a fun and delicious dinner hosted by our residents on Thursdays and Sundays approximately 6:30-8:30pm. Your resident host will email you with details a few days before your interview, including meeting time in the hotel lobby, dinner location, and type of food served with accommodations for dietary restrictions. We welcome casual attire/jeans, as we aim for this to be a fun dinner with new friends and family. Charlottesville has fantastic local wines and crafted beers, so please feel free to bring cash/credit to enjoy alcoholic beverages as funding rules unfortunately don’t allow us to cover alcohol.
If you do not get an email from your resident host by 48 hours before your interview day, please contact residency coordinator Myrtha Veldhuis at MTV4M@virginia.edu, as it is always possible for our intended emails to get lost in the internet ethers.
If you have any issues on the night of the dinner, feel free to use the contact phone number provided by your dinner host in their initial email and they will be happy to help.
We have two interview days per week on Mondays and Fridays and interview 4-7 applicants per day. The interview day begins at 8:30 am and finishes after lunch by 1:30 pm. A sample interview schedule includes:
|8:30||Intro with Program Director: John Gazewood, MD, MSPH (Family Medicine residency office, UVA Primary Care Center)|
|10:30||Clinic Precepting Room|
|Noon||Lunch in McKim Hall (Family Medicine department office)|
|— Interview day ends ~1:30pm —|
Intro with Program Director: Dr. Gazewood is very excited to meet you, and this introduction serves to welcome you to our residency program. Unfortunately, Dr. Gazewood will not be able to interview all applicants individually; the assignment of interviewers is random.
Interviews: There are four 30-minute sessions where you will get to meet two faculty members and two residents. Your interview group will rotate through meeting these four people individually, thus the order in which you interview with each will be different per applicant.
Clinic Precepting Room: The clinic precepting room offers a chance to listen to our residents present their clinic patients to the attending faculty so that you get to see how we interact in real time! All of our faculty and residents really enjoy our time together, and we hope to share this time with you, too.
Tour: Our Family Medicine Primary Care Center is nestled in the heart of the hospital, and the tour will take place all indoors. We’ll show you all of the resident “hot spots” and anything else you want: clinic, the wards, call rooms, gym, cafeteria, best places to get coffee… and of course all of the various lounges around the hospital we hang out!
Lunch: Time to eat! And to meet as many residents and faculty as possible to get the best feel for our friendly program! We will all congregate in our departmental meeting room to share a meal from one of our local restaurants (dietary restrictions will be accommodated). We will have you take a seat and residents/faculty will sit intermixed with you, and periodically we will ask residents/faculty to rotate so that you will get to meet everyone in the room without having to move an inch.